The Spa Trip My Best Friend and I Won't Stop Talking About

My friend Rachel and I opted for different treatments with The Grove’s Sequoia Spa (which features all of the best treatments from ESPA) so we could explore as many options as possible within a short window of time. If you aren’t yet familiar with how ESPA works let me summarise: The mantra of this adored beauty brand is to work holistically, adapting treatments and product usage to match your needs and state of wellbeing. Basically, they understand that you cannot implement a one-size-fits-all approach, and it therefore means you are fully considered and looked after during every stage of your ESPA experience. Your specialist involves you in the decision making process: How do you want to feel? Which essential oils do you prefer the smell of right now? Which cream appeals to you more at the moment? Working on these subtle little tweaks just before your full treatment allows the process to feel bespoke and all the more worthwhile.

I was treated to one of the brand’s signature treatments, the ESPA Rebalance & Restore (£175 / 1 hour 50 minutes). It promises to ease both physical and emotional stress with a ridiculously lavish combination of the following: a full body massage with herb poultices (literally the cosiest, most indulgent thing I’ve ever experienced), a foot ritual, a full body scrub, facial cleanse, polarity balance, marma point massage and a scalp massage. I cannot tell you at which point I fell into the most glorious deep sleep, but I’ve never been so relaxed in my life. I woke rejuvenated with better-looking skin and those stubborn shoulder knots feeling noticeably looser.

Rachel experienced the ESPA Inner Calm Massage which is part of the Personalised Massage collection (£145 / 1 hour 20 minutes) and included a full-body aromatherapy massage, scalp massage with rose quartz crystals and more. Delightful.

Published at Thu, 07 Mar 2019 13:00:00 +0000